Public attitudes about diagnosis
Value of Knowing
Most report they would see doctor for diagnosis if they had symptoms
People were asked about whether they would see a doctor to get a diagnosis if they were exhibiting symptoms possibly associated with Alzheimer’s. More than eight in ten adults (from 85% in Poland to 95% in Spain) say that if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would go to a doctor to determine if the cause of the symptoms was Alzheimer’s disease.
The survey also found that most would want to be told if they had the disease (question only asked in European countries).
Also, most repondents would want a family member to see a doctor, if they had symptoms.
The survey also found that most respondents would want the family member to be told, if they had the disease (question only asked in European countries).
Significant public interest in pre-symptomatic testing
The survey asked people about whether they would want to take a medical test, if one became available in the future, which would tell them before they had symptoms if they would get Alzheimer’s disease. The survey
found considerable public interest in such a test. About three in ten (from 23% in Germany to 39% in Spain) say they would be “very likely” to get a test for early diagnosis.
Last Updated: Wednesday 13 July 2011